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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

BA Indonesian and . . .

Programme Code: T341BA/Ind Duration: 3 / 4 years

Overview

2014 Entry Requirements

  • A Levels: AAB
  • A Level language preferred
  • IB: 36 (6/6/6)
  • BTEC: DDM
  • Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
  • Scottish Highers: AAABB
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: AAB
  • Irish LC: 340 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above
  • Advanced Placement: 4 4 5 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0
  • Euro Bacc: 80%
  • French Bacc: 14/20
  • German Abitur: 2.0
  • Italy DES: 80/100
  • Austria Mat: 2.0
  • Polish Mat: Overall 75% including 3 extended level subjects

Subjects Preferred: No

Interview Policy: Candidates with 'non-standard' qualifications are encouraged to apply, and will usually be invited for an interview

SOAS is the only university in the UK to offer a comprehensive range of courses in the language, literatures and cultures of Indonesia. Our students come from a range of educational backgrounds, and we also welcome mature students, many of whom may have worked or travelled in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore or Brunei. In addition to those studying for the full degree programme, each year we welcome European students on the Erasmus exchange programme who come to SOAS for one year of study.

As well as offering a range of language courses from beginners level to advanced, the department also offers courses on the literature and film of Indonesia which provide a penetrating view of life and thought in Indonesia. Students are further encouraged to learn to read texts in Malay from pre-modern Indonesia and Malaysia, written in Jawi script.  As well as specific courses on Indonesia, students will take some regional courses, in order to place Indonesia with the wider Southeast Asian context.

Students may choose to follow a three or four year degree. The four year option includes the invaluable experience of a year's study in Indonesia.

Indonesian at SOAS can be combined with a range of disciplines, for example: Indonesian and History, Indonesian and Politics, Indonesian and Anthropology or Indonesian and Music. Students taking the degree combined with Chinese or Korean begin study of Indonesian in their third year, on return from the year abroad in China or Korea.

Email: southeastasia@soas.ac.uk

Combinations

May be combined with

Combinations are available as either a 3 year degree or, depending on the combination, a 4 year degree with a (compulsory) year abroad.

+ 4 year degree with (compulsory) 1 year abroad
* Taught at University College London (UCL): apply to UCL only
** Taught at King's College, London


Structure

The programme may be studied as a 3 or 4-year degree, and includes an optional year abroad in Indonesia.

Generally two units will be chosen each year in Indonesian, together with two units from the chosen discipline (e.g. history).  Students must take the courses which are core or compulsory.  Core courses must be taken and passed in order to progress.  

Year 1 (3 or 4 Year Degree)
Core Courses
Other Subject

Students take 2 units in their other subject.

Year 2 (3 or 4 Year Degree)
Core Courses
Compulsory Course
Other Subject

Students take 2 units in their other subject.

Year 3 (3 Year Degree)
Compulsory Course
Choose 1 unit from the following list
Other Subject

Students take 2 units in their other subject.

Year 3 (4 Year Degree)

Year abroad in Indonesia. Please see the Teaching & Learning tab for more details.

Year 4 (4 Year Degree)
Compulsory Course
Choose 1 unit from the following list
Other Subject

Students take 2 units in their other subject.

Programme Specification

Teaching & Learning

Year abroad

SOAS is a member of ACICIS, the Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies, which organises the year abroad in Indonesia. Most students doing the Indonesian year abroad spend their first semester in Yogyakarta at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Central Java. During that semester students can choose a mix of Indonesian language classes and other regular curriculum immersion subjects at many of UGM's other faculties, according to the language ability and interest of the student. Most ACICIS students enrol in subjects within the Faculty of Cultural Sciences along with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. A smaller percentage of students elect to enrol in units in Forestry, Law, Philosophy, Geography, or other faculties. All courses are examined by a combination of course work and exams.

During the second semester students move to Bandung to study at Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR). Students propose, refine, and undertake a semester-long field study project under the guidance of a nominated UNPAR supervisor. It is a unique opportunity to undertake original field study activities in one of Indonesia’s most dynamic cities and the country’s largest province (by population). Students present their final project to colleagues and members of the Faculty, and the 8-10,000 word report, written in Indonesian, is assessed by university staff.

Most students who choose to do the year in Indonesia will say that it is undoubtedly the highlight of their time at university. It is a unique opportunity to enter into Indonesian student life, and is very different from simply travelling in the region or visiting relatives. Most importantly, SOAS students returning from the year abroad reach an advanced level of Indonesian language competence which will ready them for work in the region or to conduct research in the language with complete confidence. Full details of the programmes as well as tips, feedback and examples of fieldwork projects may be found on the ACICIS website

Teaching & Learning

Language teaching is mostly in small tutorial groups; tapes and language laboratory facilities are available for formal teaching and self-study. Listening materials are available online and as MP4 downloads for self-study. Non-language units are taught by lecture and seminar.

Students are assessed by a combination of written examination (and oral for language units) and coursework, including essays, oral presentations, reaction papers and translations.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resources.

Pre Entry Reading

  • Hellwig, T. and Tagliacozzo, E. (eds). 2009. The Indonesia reader: history, culture, politics. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Robson, S.O. 2004. Welcome to Indonesian, a beginner's survey of the language. Boston; Tuttle.
  • Taylor, J.G. 2003. Indonesia: peoples and histories. New Haven : Yale University Press.
  • Vickers, A. 2005. A history of modern Indonesia. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Destinations

As a graduate who specialised in Indonesian, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a study of language in combination with literature, development studies, economics, geography, history, history of art and archaeology, law, linguistics, music, politics, social anthropology or religion.

Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources. Choosing to study a joint degree programme will increase the breadth of your knowledge, and will develop additional skills with which to further your studies of the region, or to make comparative study with other areas. The study of Indonesian may be combined with a huge range of other disciplines. For more information on the extra skills you will gain from your second subject, please see the relevant  departmental page.

As a graduate who specialised in Indonesia, you will have gained competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. Familiarity with the region will have been developed through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise, but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers, both in business and in the public sector. These include: written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem-solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Graduates have gone on to work for a range of organisations including:

Dept for Environment, Food and Rural affairs
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
JP Morgan
LCC Children's Services
The Jakata Post
London Underground - Graduate Scheme
Associated Press
The Red Cross
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Semporna Islands Project
Time Out, Paris
Lonely Planet

Types of roles that graduates have gone on to do include:

Senior Heritage Consultant
Project Manager
Policy Advisor
Consul
Lecturer
Country Director
Company Director
Diplomat
Writer
Teacher
Learning and Development Officer
Consultant
International Marketing Executive
Support Worker

For more information about Graduate Destinations from this department, please visit the Careers Service website.

A Student's Perspective

I love being on this programme because we have excellent staff who make it possible for the students to pursue exactly their own interests in South East Asia

Patrick Tibke